Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Graduate Program Director
Amanda Newell

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree. The program integrates didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum that is designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice. Successful completion of the program will lead to a master’s degree and students will be eligible to sit for the national registration exam for dietitians.

Mission

The mission of the Bradley University Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Program is to
prepare competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who advocate for equitable and
sustainable nutritional health among families and communities.

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program has received Accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND): 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 (1-800-877-1600).

Program Goals

  1. Graduates are prepared for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists.
  2. Graduates are prepared to advocate for equitable and sustainable nutritional health among
    families and communities.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Program requires a GPA of 3.0, although conditional admission is an option in some cases. Admissions will also be based upon the program application forms, which includes a personal statement, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Please see the program website for details. 

    • Must have a bachelor's degree
    • Prerequisites (Must be completed prior to admission OR with conditional admission where students must complete coursework at Bradley prior to starting program):
      • Anatomy and Physiology (minimum of 6 hours)
      • Advanced metabolism (must include both macro and micronutrients)
      • Servsafe certification (or equivalent)
      • Medical terminology (or ability to pass exam prior to admission)

Admission to the program is contingent upon admission into Graduate Education. Admissions criteria for Graduate Education can be viewed on Bradley University's Graduate Catalog.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all 36 hours of graduate coursework and supervised experiential learning requirements including documentation of attainment of competencies through evaluations and assignments, as well as a comprehensive case study assessment.

Total hours: 36 hours

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program requires a total of 36 credit hours. This includes 30 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of electives. 

Required Courses (36 hours)

  • FCS 501 Community Nutrition Intervention - 3 hrs
  • FCS 502 Foundations of Dietetic Practice - 1 hr
  • FCS 505 Food Development - 1 hr
  • FCS 507 Nutrition Assessment and Counseling - 3 hrs
  • FCS 508 Advanced Food Service Management - 3 hrs
  • FCS 511 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy I - 3 hrs
  • FCS 512 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy II - 3 hrs
  • FCS 514 Food Security and Food Systems - 3
  • FCS 541 Research Methods in Nutrition and Dietetics - 3 hrs
  • FCS 695 Supervised Experiential Learning in Food Service - 2 hrs
  • FCS 696 Supervised Experiential Learning in Community Dietetics - 2 hrs
  • FCS 697 Supervised Experiential Learning in Clinical Dietetics - 3 hrs
  • Elective Courses (6 hrs)
    • Approved options for electives include (pending availability)
      • ENC 586 Counseling Diverse Populations - 3 hrs
      • ENC 620 Introduction to Counseling: Professional Orientation - 2 hrs
      • ENC 622 Counseling Ethics and Law - 1 hr
      • ENC 623 Pre-Practicum in Counseling - 3 hrs
      • ENC 624 Theories and Techniques of Counseling - 3 hrs
      • FCS 510 Topics in Global Wellness - 3 hrs (Study abroad in London - additional costs apply)
      • FCS 513 Cultural Influences in Food and Nutrition - 3 hrs 
      • NUR 533 International Health and Nursing - 3 hrs.

Combined 4+1 BS/MS Nutrition and Dietetics Program

The Combined 4+1 BS/MS Nutrition and Dietetics program provides an accelerated path to achieve both a BS and MS in Nutrition and Dietetics. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for information regarding the BS in Nutrition and Dietetics. The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program integrates didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum that is designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice. Successful completion of the program will lead to a master’s degree and students will be eligible to sit for the national registration exam for dietitians.

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program has received Accreditation status from
the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND): 120 South
Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 (1-800-877-1600).

Mission

The mission of the Bradley University Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Program is to
prepare competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who advocate for equitable and
sustainable nutritional health among families and communities.

Program Goals

  1. Graduates are prepared for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists.
  2. Graduates are prepared to advocate for equitable and sustainable nutritional health among
    families and communities.

Admission Requirements

Bradley University Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduates may enroll in the 4+1 BS/MS program while completing their bachelor’s degree. Acceptance into the program will be based upon the following requirements and procedures:

Admission into the 4+1 option of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Program requires a GPA of 3.0, although conditional admission is an option in some cases. Acceptance will also be based upon the program application, which includes a personal statement, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

Bradley University undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics majors can apply to the program during their junior year. If accepted, students will begin taking graduate classes simultaneously during their senior year and formally apply to Graduate Education their senior year. Students will be required to have completed the MS program prerequisites prior to enrollment in the 4+1 program during fall of their senior year:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (minimum of 6 hours)
  • Advanced metabolism (must include both macro and micronutrients)
  • Servsafe certification (or equivalent)
  • Medical terminology (or ability to pass exam prior to admission)

Student applicants do not need to have completed the bachelor’s degree to be admitted to the program. Undergraduate students will be expected to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the majority of the undergraduate requirements (approximately 103 hours including concurrent coursework) at the time of application, including courses in the Bradley Core Curriculum, FCS Core curriculum, major requirements, and required supporting courses. Individual student plans may vary and will be evaluated in consultation with academic advisors.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduates will apply for graduation for their bachelor's degree the semester that they will achieve 124 credit hours and meet all BS requirements, and receive their BS degrees at Commencement. Following graduation with the BS degree, students will be considered graduate students. Students who are admitted to the 4+1 BS/MS program will have up to 9 graduate hours taken during the final year of the bachelor's degree dual counted for the BS and MS degrees.

Students must successfully complete all 36 hours of graduate coursework and supervised experiential learning requirements including documentation of attainment of competencies through evaluations and assignments, as well as a comprehensive case study assessment to graduate with the MS degree. 

Course of Study

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program requires 30 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of electives for a total of 36 hours.

Required Courses (30 hrs)

  • FCS 501 Community Nutrition Intervention - 3 hrs
  • FCS 502 Foundations of Dietetic Practice - 1 hr
  • FCS 505 Food Development - 1 hr
  • FCS 507 Nutrition Assessment and Counseling - 3 hrs
  • FCS 508 Advanced Food Service Management - 3 hrs
  • FCS 511 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy I - 3 hrs
  • FCS 512 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy II - 3 hrs
  • FCS 514 Food Security and Food Systems - 3
  • FCS 541 Research Methods in Nutrition and Dietetics - 3 hrs
  • FCS 695 Supervised Experiential Learning in Food Service - 2 hrs
  • FCS 696 Supervised Experiential Learning in Community Dietetics - 2 hrs
  • FCS 697 Supervised Experiential Learning in Clinical Dietetics - 3 hrs
  • Elective Courses (6 hrs)
    • Approved options for electives include (pending availability)
      • ENC 586 Counseling Diverse Populations - 3 hrs
      • ENC 620 Introduction to Counseling: Professional Orientation - 2 hrs
      • ENC 622 Counseling Ethics and Law - 1 hr
      • ENC 623 Pre-Practicum in Counseling - 3 hrs
      • ENC 624 Theories and Techniques of Counseling - 3 hrs
      • FCS 510 Topics in Global Wellness - 3 hrs (Study abroad in London - additional costs apply)
      • FCS 513 Cultural Influences in Food and Nutrition - 3 hrs 
      • NUR 533 International Health and Nursing - 3 hrs.